Each number, 0 thru 9, carries an energetic frequency, theme and lessons, all of which are the building blocks of the universe which have further been built upon in the egregore through man and his allegories and magick. As we inch closer to moving into a Universal 7 year (2+0+2+3), we can better prepare ourselves for the themes of 2023 by being aware of and in tune with the energy surrounding the number seven. In numerology, seven is completion and regeneration, the passing from the known to the unknown, the union of opposites, the resolution of duality, the fullness of space and time, and the number of perfection.
Hippocrates stated that through its hidden properties, the number seven maintained all things in being, bestowed life and motion, and that its influence extended to heavenly beings.
Before we go any further, I must warn you that this is not your traditional numerological forecast plastered on the internet and social media, this is for the sincere seeker who wishes to better understand his universe and thus himself. Likewise, those who come to this post with sincerity will know that these writings barely scratch the surface of what is being presented. Those who are sincere will continue to seek down these rabbit holes rather than finding themselves at a finish line trophy in hand with the closing of my last word.
Do not concern yourself with unpacking every ounce of detail, simply come with an open mind and see what unfolds before you. As the details emerge, consider how these things may apply to your life in the present and how they may play out in 2023. Keep in mind that these energies are not what is given or impressed upon you, they are what are available for you to work with. We will begin our journey through The Chariot, Key 7 of the tarot.
The Chariot is Key 7, The Child of the Powers of the Waters & The Lord of the Triumph of Light.
While often interpreted as a card of Victory, The Chariot is far more than just a simple “victory”. The Charioteer is in total control and in a constant state of trying to reign in opposing forces and maintain balance in an effort to reach victory; victory is predicated on the Charioteer’s ability to perform this feat. We see this merging or control of opposing forces in the union of the Empress and the Emperor, and the High Priestess and the Hierophant. There is a fine and delicate line in keeping the chariot in balance and moving forward. If you rush or are unable to unite or control these opposing forces, balance will be lost, you will steer off course, and destruction inevitably will follow. This will not be an easy task and there will be hurdles to cross. It is here that find sheer powerful personal will directing life through the lens of completed lessons learned in the Magician through the Lovers, the journey into the depths of the self, and the crossing of the Abyss from dark to light and back again. A level of maturity, rational thinking and emotional control, with a new found ability to face adversity and opposition with determination and will power that allows passions and instincts to drive, yet not control. It is the pursuit of enlightenment, the control of duality in manifestation, the Philosopher’s Stone if you will. In one respect it is about taking and maintaining control, and in the other, it is the surrendering of the lower self to the higher.
The Chariot’s fundamental correspondence is Cancer which is ruled by the Moon as is depicted by Urin and Thummim on the Charioteer’s shoulders. The Moon is represented by the High Priestess, thus she is the secret ruler of 2023 indicating an emotional and intuitive influence throughout the year. If you look closely at The Chariot and The High Priestess, there are additional clues to their secret relationship.
Chet (Cheth) - Fence/boundary
Chet, the Hebrew letter associated with Cancer and The Chariot, is the letter of life and is the boundary between man and God, the microcosm and the macrocosm. It is our spiritual vision that allows us to see through what we think is real in order to understand its Divine source. It links Binah to Gevurah with the 18th Path, the House of Influence, on the Tree of Life. It is here where we see the interaction between Saturn and Mars, where the power of fire can create and bring change, and where we can observe the creation of God in all by crossing the Abyss in our chariot, merkava, with its black and white sphinxes, from the material of man to the Divine. Interestingly, the gematria of the full spelt out Cheth is 418, the same number as ABRACADABRA; a word and number that have been revered by many magicians and magical orders.
Zayin - Sword/dagger
While The Chariot card is associated with the Hebrew letter Chet, the numerical value of 7 is attributed to Zayin, the sword or dagger. You can think of Zayin as the spiritual sword of Divine Justice cutting through what is not holy or truly spiritual. Zayin serves as a means to sort or divide things apart, where there is polarity and duality that is rectified through choices and walking a Divine path within the constriction of Divine timing. Emotions must be checked at the door and the intellect must be allowed to prevail in order for correct forward movement to take place.
7 - Lost, ruined; name of God attributed to Venus; desire, either, or; Gad, a tribe of Israel associated with Aries, luck, and Babylonian God of good fortune; was weary; riches, power; fish. Seven is also the 26th Name of the Shem ha-Mephorash.
77 - goat; prayed; the River Gihon; overflowing; towers; citadels; The Influence from Kether; strength, violence and glory; destiny, fate, and luck.
777 - The Flaming Sword; One is the Spirit of the Living God; The World of Shells or Demons (Qlippoth)
Seven is Sacred
We cannot talk about the number seven simply in terms of the tarot, Hebrew and Gematria, for seven has long been revered as a holy or Divine number. The following are stark examples of the significance of the number 7 throughout the Universe, nature and mankind’s design and history. After all, seven is said to be the union between God the trinity, and man, the quaternary.
There are seven planets, days of the week, liberal arts, colors of the light spectrum, and tones of the voice or an instrument.
There are seven wonders of the world, Seven Seas, seven continents, and many sacred and historical ancient civilization sites include the number 7 in their design.
The Pleiades star cluster known as the Seven Sisters named after the seven daughters of Atlas, a Titan who held up the sky, are visible to the naked eye in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres and have had an enormous impact on human cultures throughout history.
Hippocrates used a 7 year division of life to exhibit the major milestones in one’s life from birth through death, and Astro Theologist, Duncan associates the 7 planets with 7 stages in life: the Moon is infancy; Mercury is childhood and knowledge; Venus is youth and love; the Sun is manhood; Mars is full strength; Jupiter is maturity and judgment; and Saturn is old age.
7 major internal organs of the body, the head has seven openings, and female menstruation and the cycles of the moon occur in series of 7 days.
While there are thousands of energy centers in the body, there are 7 “primary” spinal Chakras that are often focused upon.
Man has 5 physical senses, and the ability to develop the 6th sense of mental perception and the 7th sense of spiritual understanding.
Seven is attributed to male magic as the male has seven openings of the body whereas the female has eight.
The number seven is used seventy seven times in the Old Testament. The world was created in seven days, and King Solomon spent seven years building the Temple. In Genesis, God directs Noah to permit “clean” beasts into the ark by sevens and “unclean” beasts pairs only. The 7th day of the 7th year was a time of rest, and every 7 years the slaves were set free and debts were cleared.
Plato taught that from the number seven was generated Adam Kadmon, the Soul of the World.
In the Book of Revelation alone, there are 40 groups of seven from lamps and the Spirit of God, to plagues, kings, churches, stars, seals and many more.
In Buddhism, there are Seven Principles of Awakening, and in several faith systems like Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism, there are Seven Heavens; the seven rung ladder for the ascent from Earth to Heaven.
There are Seven Deadly Sins in Catholicism: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, and Sloth. However, there are also Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord (Isiah xi. v2).
In Mecca, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba 7 times.
The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is divided into Four Worlds + Three Pillars, and describes seven classes of Angels. According to the Talmud, seven things were formed before the world, there are seven things hidden from man, and the soul of a man watches over his body for seven days following death. Several belief systems follow that it takes 49 days (7 X 7 ) for the soul of the departed to reach the afterlife or be reborn. Seven was an ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life; the perfection of a completed cycle and the start of a new one.
Despite all of the above marvelous examples, these attributes of seven do not even begin to scratch the surface of the sacredness of this number and its importance across every culture and religion in the world.
I invite you to do your research into your personal attributes, interests, culture, belief systems, etc to seek where the number seven can be found. For instance, as a personal attribute, I was born on the 7th day of the 7th sign under a Cancer Moon (Chariot), and Chiron in Gemini (The Lovers-Zayin) is in my natal chart 7th House. That single sentence with its observations gives me significant indications of where I can place my focus in 2023 along with the symbolism above if I am to harness the energy of the number 7, The Chariot, The High Priestess, Chet & Zayin.
May 2023 be an alchemical year for you friend, one that leaves you better than where it found you.
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